After months and months and months of planning, training and equipment purchasing, it looks like our Mount Adams climb with Brad's dad is on hold. Sunday morning, a lightning-sparked wildfire flared up in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, very near Adams. In fact, it's called the Cold Spring fire, named after the trailhead we were to use for our ascent.
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center is reporting it at 3,000 acres with 0 Percent containment and no estimated containment date. More than 230 firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and from the air as it burns through timber in extremely difficult terrain.
This coming weekend was our first choice and next weekend was our backup. Shoot.
(Just think, when I retired from news, I thought I would never have to report on another summer wildfire. Shoot.)